History Literature / AmericanPsycho

26th Nov '16 6:40:44 PM AgentKyles
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* BerserkButton: Anything that gives Bateman the idea that he has/gets less than the absolute best or that there is someone in his social circles that might be better than him. For instance, the very thought that Patrick will not get a good table at a restaurant is enough to put him "on the verge of tears". Also, as much as he despises Luis, it's the fact that Luis had business cards that Patrick thinks are better than his own that drives him to [[spoiler: attempt to]] murder Luis almost immediately.

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* BerserkButton: Anything that gives Bateman [[InferioritySuperiorityComplex the idea that he has/gets less than the absolute best or that there is someone in his social circles that might be better than him.him]]. For instance, the very thought that Patrick will not get a good table at a restaurant is enough to put him "on the verge of tears". Also, as much as he despises Luis, it's the fact that Luis had business cards that Patrick thinks are better than his own that drives him to [[spoiler: attempt to]] murder Luis almost immediately.
23rd Nov '16 9:32:55 PM SeanMurrayI
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** In the all versions, Bateman excuses himself when speaking with Detective Kimball by explaining he's got to run to a lunch date with [[Series/TheCosbyShow Cliff Huxtable]].

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** In the all versions, Bateman excuses himself when speaking with Detective Kimball by explaining he's got to run to a lunch date with [[Series/TheCosbyShow Cliff Huxtable]].
6th Nov '16 2:34:23 PM SeanMurrayI
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* PopCulturedBadass: Deconstructed. Patrick Bateman tries to define himself through his appreciation for music, art, and pop culture and relates this much to the reader/audience, but his grasp and understanding of his favorite music and artists is reduced to what material they make the most appealing to the widest audiences and lowest common denominator, such as dismissing early Music/{{Genesis}} albums with Music/PeterGabriel (and his "lame solo career") as being "too artsy, too intellectual" and favoring the more commercially-driven direction of the group after Music/PhilCollins became the group's frontman. Other assessments he makes of popular singers and bands are frequently off-the-mark and factually wrong, like being convinced that Music/WhitneyHouston is a ''jazz'' singer or believing [[Music/TheRollingStones "You Can't Always Get What You Want"]] is a song by Music/TheBeatles. Elsewhere, he often speaks of owning what's described as the original version of [[https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/600x315/5e/2e/c5/5e2ec5ee9ec77bb094ef1b45e762d45a.jpg "Sunrise with Broken Plates"]] by artist David Onica (while discreetly boasting of the high cost he paid to obtain it), only for his ex-girlfriend to later point out to him that he hung it upside down. All of this only serves to further demonstrate Patrick's shallowness and delusions about having "good taste."

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* PopCulturedBadass: Deconstructed. Patrick Bateman tries to define himself through his appreciation for music, art, and pop culture and relates this much to the reader/audience, but his grasp and understanding of his favorite music and artists is reduced to what material they make the most appealing to the widest audiences and lowest common denominator, such as dismissing early Music/{{Genesis}} albums with Music/PeterGabriel (and his "lame solo career") as being "too artsy, too intellectual" and favoring the more commercially-driven direction of the group after Music/PhilCollins became the group's frontman. Other assessments he makes of popular singers and bands are frequently off-the-mark and factually wrong, like being convinced that Music/WhitneyHouston is a ''jazz'' singer or believing [[Music/TheRollingStones "You Can't Always Get What You Want"]] is a song by Music/TheBeatles. Elsewhere, In the book and musical, he often speaks of owning what's described as the original version of [[https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/600x315/5e/2e/c5/5e2ec5ee9ec77bb094ef1b45e762d45a.jpg "Sunrise with Broken Plates"]] by artist David Onica (while discreetly boasting of the high cost he paid to obtain it), only for his ex-girlfriend to later point out to him that he hung it upside down. All of this only serves to further demonstrate Patrick's shallowness and delusions about having "good taste."
6th Nov '16 11:48:40 AM SeanMurrayI
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* PopCulturedBadass: Deconstructed. Patrick Bateman tries to define himself through his appreciation for music, art, and pop culture and relates this much to the reader/audience, but his grasp and understanding of his favorite music and artists is reduced to what material they make the most appealing to the widest audiences and lowest common denominator, such as dismissing early Music/{{Genesis}} albums with Music/PeterGabriel (and his "lame solo career") as being "too artsy, too intellectual" and favoring the more commercially-driven direction of the group after Music/PhilCollins became the group's frontman. Other assessments he makes of popular singers and bands are frequently off-the-mark and factually wrong, like being convinced that Music/WhitneyHouston is a ''jazz'' singer or believing [[Music/TheRollingStones "You Can't Always Get What You Want"]] is a song by Music/TheBeatles. Elsewhere, he often speaks of owning what's described as the original version of [[https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/600x315/5e/2e/c5/5e2ec5ee9ec77bb094ef1b45e762d45a.jpg "Sunrise with Broken Plates"]] by artist David Onica (while discreetly boasting of the high cost he paid to obtain it), only for his ex-girlfriend to later point out to him that he hung it upside down. All of this only serves to further demonstrate Patrick's shallowness and delusions about having "good taste."
6th Nov '16 11:42:47 AM SeanMurrayI
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* WallOfText: Whilst such excessive description in a novel is normally unnecessary and undesirable, the fact that the novel is from Bateman's perspective [[FridgeLogic actually serves to exaggerate his consumerist nature and his obsession over minimal, insignificant details.]]

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* WallOfText: Whilst such excessive description in a novel is normally unnecessary and undesirable, the fact that the novel is from Bateman's perspective [[FridgeLogic actually serves to exaggerate his consumerist nature and his obsession over minimal, trivial, insignificant details.]]
6th Nov '16 11:28:06 AM SeanMurrayI
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* AllAsiansLookAlike: While on his way to Evelyn's Christmas Eve party, after one of Bateman's associates alarms him of [[JapanTakesOverTheWorld the growing influence of Japan and Japanese business in New York City and America]], Bateman feels compelled to murder the first Japanese bike messenger he sees and dump the hot food his victim was delivering on top of his body, only to discover in doing so that his victim was actually carrying Chinese food. Realizing he had made a "mistake" in "killing the wrong type of Asian," Bateman then attempts to "amend" the situation by leaving a threatening note [[PekingDuckChristmas for the Jewish family that the food was being delivered to]] before halfheartedly telling his victim, "Uh, sorry."


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* IdenticalLookingAsians: While on his way to Evelyn's Christmas Eve party, after one of Bateman's associates alarms him of [[JapanTakesOverTheWorld the growing influence of Japan and Japanese business in New York City and America]], Bateman feels compelled to murder the first Japanese bike messenger he sees and dump the hot food his victim was delivering on top of his body, only to discover in doing so that his victim was actually carrying Chinese food. Realizing he had made a "mistake" in "killing the wrong type of Asian," Bateman then attempts to "amend" the situation by leaving a threatening note [[PekingDuckChristmas for the Jewish family that the food was being delivered to]] before halfheartedly telling his victim, "Uh, sorry."
6th Nov '16 11:26:08 AM SeanMurrayI
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* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking:
** At the beginning, Tim Price (one of Bateman's associates) reads a newspaper: "In one issue... in one issue... let's see here... strangled models, babies thrown from tenement rooftops, kids killed in the subway, a Communist rally, Mafia boss wiped out, Nazis, baseball players with AIDS, more Mafia shit, gridlock, the homeless, various maniacs, faggots dropping like flies in the streets, surrogate mothers, the cancellation of a soap opera..."
** In one chapter, after murdering a dog and its owner in a typically gruesome fashion, Patrick goes to the supermarket and gets a rush out of [[PokeThePoodle buying a bran muffin with an expired coupon]].

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* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking:
** At the beginning, Tim Price (one of Bateman's associates) reads a newspaper: "In one issue... in one issue... let's see here... strangled models, babies thrown from tenement rooftops, kids killed in the subway, a Communist rally, Mafia boss wiped out, Nazis, baseball players with AIDS, more Mafia shit, gridlock, the homeless, various maniacs, faggots dropping like flies in the streets, surrogate mothers, the cancellation of a soap opera..."
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ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: In one chapter, after murdering a dog and its owner in a typically gruesome fashion, Patrick goes to the supermarket and gets a rush out of [[PokeThePoodle buying a bran muffin with an expired coupon]].
6th Nov '16 10:50:46 AM SeanMurrayI
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* HideTheEvidence: [[OneHourWorkWeek Bateman does so little, if any, productive work at his office]], and when Detective Kimball visits him at work and remarks, "I know how busy you guys can get," Patrick suddenly notices his still-running Walkman on top of a small stack of skin mags on his desk, which he quickly slips into his top drawer.

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* HideTheEvidence: [[OneHourWorkWeek Bateman does so little, if any, productive work at his office]], and when Detective Kimball visits him at work and remarks, "I know how busy you guys can get," Patrick suddenly notices his still-running Walkman on top of a small stack of skin mags on his desk, which he quickly slips tries to slip into his top drawer.



*** In the book, as Bateman lays this all out, he even tries to openly support both sides of divisive social issues, such as stressing a need to "change abortion laws to protect the life of the unborn while also maintaining a woman's right to choose," which is further contradicted later in the book in separate scenes where Bateman forces women to get a abortions [[spoiler: even performing several of them himself against their will.]]

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*** In the book, as Bateman lays this all out, he even tries to openly support both sides of divisive social issues, such as stressing a need to "change abortion laws to protect the life of the unborn while also maintaining a woman's right to choose," which is further contradicted later in the book in separate scenes where Bateman forces women who he sleeps with to get a abortions [[spoiler: even performing several of them himself against their will.]]
23rd Oct '16 10:56:34 AM SeanMurrayI
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->''There has been no reason for me to tell you any of this. This confession has meant nothing...''\\
'''THIS IS NOT AN EXIT'''
22nd Oct '16 5:00:42 PM Aquila89
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->There has been no reason for me to tell you any of this. This confession has meant nothing.\\

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has been no reason for me to tell you any of this. This confession has meant nothing.\\nothing...''\\
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